Slice of Life:  Inspire Summer Reading by Sharing Your Reading Life  #SOL19 #TWTBlog

Slice of Life: Inspire Summer Reading by Sharing Your Reading Life #SOL19 #TWTBlog

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“That’s cool … all of your reading clubs are online.”

“How will you get all that reading done?”

“Do you really think you will be able to read a book a day?’

“Is there a club for #bookaday?”

“How do you decide what to read?”

“Do kids do “bookaday?”

“You have two clubs In July. How will you do all the reading?”

“Will you talk about your reading with anyone in person?”

“Do you get to choose your #bookaday books since you have to read the other ones?”

“Is it weird reading with people you don’t know?”

“Do you always set goals?”

“Do you have to write for your clubs?”

I have been sharing my summer reading goals with students. I made a copy of these pages from my notebook and sent clubs off to notice, wonder and discuss:

I have been amazed at their level of engagement. I only gave each group one copy so they had to literally work together to even read it and then make sense of it. I listened in to groups and took notes. I then invited the clubs to come back together to talk as a class. They immediately shared the ideas they were excited about and launched into making plans. They bombarded me with logistical questions. We made an action plan:

  • research #bookaday to find out more about it

  • try out some apps like Flipgrid, Padlet, and Moodle to how they might work for book clubs

  • form summer book clubs and set goals

  • choose books and figure out the schedule for each month

  • find websites to learn about new books

  • think about some different ways to respond and connect with each other virtually

  • figure out how to get the books for the summer book clubs

We stopped there knowing more questions will emerge as they take on these initial steps. The class decided to split up the work and inform each other. Each club chose an action step to get started on the next day.

We all know the research on the summer reading slide. This data will not change unless we take time during our reading workshop to support our students in creating their summer reading life. We need to give them agency in changing these statistics. As a reader, I take time out of my day to plan for my summer reading. Our students also need time if we want them to build the habits and dispositions of a lifelong reader.

How are you sharing your reading plans with your class? Are your students making plans for summer reading? I would love to hear what you are doing!

Clare

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